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Senate sets Christmas Eve vote to increase debt limit

WASHINGTON - The measure, passed last week by the House of Representatives, would increase the debt limit, now at $12.1 trillion, by $290 billion. Senate Democrats may approve the measure largely by themselves because most, if not all, Republicans

Taliban blow up Pakistan girls school

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) – The Taliban blew up a girls' school in Pakistan's Khyber district, where troops are fighting against militants in the tribal region bordering Afghanistan, an official said Wednesday. Militants detonated explosives overni

Balloon Boy parents face sentencing in Colorado

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The parents who pulled off the balloon boy hoax are already facing the prospect of jail time and paying tens of thousands of dollars in restitution over their stunt.

Snoopy named top dog in U.S. pop culture

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The "Peanuts" comic strip character Snoopy was named the top dog in pop culture by the American Kennel Club on Tuesday as part of its 125th anniversary celebration, beating out a college sports mascot. Nearly 76,000 online vot

Worst decade for stocks ever

UNDATED - Since end of 1999, U.S. stocks' performance has been the all-time clunker; even 1930s beat it The U.S.

New poll shows strongest disapproval to date

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 25% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President.

Ahmadinejad dismisses US deadline for nuclear deal

TEHRAN, IRAN – Iran's president on Tuesday dismissed a year-end deadline set by the Obama administration and the West for Tehran to accept a U.N.-drafted deal to swap enriched uranium for nuclear fuel.

Obama delays vacation until Senate passes health care bill

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama won't leave Washington for his Hawaii vacation until the Senate finishes work on the health care overhaul, even if that means staying in town for Christmas Eve. "My attitude is that if they're making these sacri

Giuliani not running for NY Senate or governor

NEW YORK – Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says he's not running for governor or for U.S.

Gunmen kill family of Mexican drug war hero

MEXICO CITY – Gunmen mowed down the family of a Mexican marine just hours after the military honored him as a national hero for losing his life during a raid that took down powerful drug kingpin Arturo Beltran Leyva. The brazen attack happened sho